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PHI 445 - Reflective Paper2 - Core Values Core Values in...

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Core Values 1 Core Values in the Fire Service Jennifer Baxter Philosophy 445 Personal and Organizational Ethics Professor Hannah Judson February 1, 2010
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Core Values 2 Introduction Personal values and codes of ethic play a sizeable role in the development of an individual’s character. Over time, those traits come to represent the highest priorities and deeply held driving forces of an individual and, once they are grown, those same personal traits drive an individual in the choices they make in a professional capacity as well. When one is part of any organization, they bring their deeply held values and beliefs to the organization with them. There, they co- mingle with those of the other members to create a family culture; a culture that breeds a foundation in which to build ethical principles strong enough to uphold social responsibility. I. Personal Values, Mission Statement, Code of Ethics Values are learned and morals are adopted as an individual grows and matures through all the stages of development and finally into adulthood. All the experiences one has while growing aids in shaping the individual and their outward perceptions for their adult years. We learn over time the precedent for morality and what is right and wrong, good and evil; and then, base the decisions we make in life on how the outcomes fall in regards to our morality. Manuel Velasquez (2006) describes the moral standards that guide us through life as, “the norms about the kinds of actions believed to be morally right and wrong as well as the values placed on the kinds of objects believed to be morally good and morally bad” (pg 9). The discipline that guides our decisions based on the morals that we learn, is called ethics (pg 10). Ethics applies the norms that we have learned and adopted while growing up to the decisions we make in adulthood in all aspects of our life.
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Core Values 3 My personal life and the values I strongly hold encircles my family; my husband and two children hold the highest priority in my life. I highly value my family. They are everything to me, and they are what define me as an individual: mother, wife, friend, and mentor. I value the relationships that we build and the bonds that we create as a family. I value a quality relationship with my husband that is guided by love, dedication, and trust. I value knowledge, learning, achievement, commitment, and helping others. I value generosity, selflessness, respect, and honesty. I value responsibility and accountability. All of which, shape my character as an individual, allow me to build the relationships I have with others, and guide me through tough, life-altering decisions, as well as the simplistic decisions I make on a regular day-to-day basis. I vow to love my children unconditionally, and provide for them financially as best as I can; but
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PHI 445 - Reflective Paper2 - Core Values Core Values in...

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